2018 Sideways Award winners Harry Turtledove ("Zigeuner") and Bryce Zabel (Once There Was A Way) at WorldCon.

The Sidewise Award for alternate history was established in 1995 to recognize the best alternate history stories and novels of the year.

The award takes its name from the 1934 short story "Sidewise in Time" by Murray Leinster, in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.

The award was created by Robert Schmunk, Evelyn Leeper, and Steven H. Silver, all of whom are still judges. Over the years, the number of judges has increased to eight, including judges in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Each year, two awards are presented at Worldcon. The Short Form award is presented to a work under 60,000 words in length. The Long Form award may be presented to a work longer than 60,000 words, including both novels or complete series. At their discretion, the Sidewise Award judges (a panel of eight) may elect to recognize an individual or work with a Special Achievement Award. The Special Achievement Awards recognize works that were published prior to the award's inception.

Harry Turtledove has been nominated several times and has won four times. Laura Frankos was nominated for her first alternate history novel Broadway Revival.

Harry Turtledove's Sidewise Nominations[]

Long Form[]

2006 The Disunited States of America
2002 Ruled Britannia (winner)
1997 How Few Remain (winner)
1996 The Worldwar series
1995 The Two Georges (with Richard Dreyfuss)

Short Form[]

2019 "Christmas Truce" (winner)
2017 "Zigeuner" (winner)
2014 "The More it Changes"
2013 "Cayos in the Stream"
2011 "Lee at the Alamo"
1995 "Must and Shall"

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